Summary Of Our Trainers’ Tips For Apollo Stakes Day (Sat, 15th Feb)

From Bjorn Baker

Horse: She’s Ideel
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 2, Catanach’s Hcp) This time last year she wasn’t showing much ability at all but she has continued to improve. She looks fantastic, she is holding her condition well and she might have a bit of X-factor about her. It’s another step up and it’s further but she has handled a wet track in the past which gives me a bit of confidence.

Horse: Connemara
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 9, Triscay Stakes) She drops from 58kg to 53kg and will jump from the inside alley. I thought it was a good run (1st up fourth) and fitness probably told with a big weight so there’s different circumstances.

From Team Snowden

Horse: Dame Giselle
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 4, Lonhro Plate) It’s the race we had picked out for her, we have to get her started this week. I’m really happy with her, her work has been good and her trials have been good and she looks fantastic. And there’s been some good form come out of (the Golden Gift) which is good. She hasn’t worked on wet ground so whether she gets through it or not we don’t know. You won’t know until you try them and that’s what Saturday is about. It could be a wet Slipper this year, we’ve had a few of them over the years, and knowing whether she can handle it or not later on will be very helpful.

Horse: Missile Mantra
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 7, Light Fingers Stakes) It’s short of her best trip and the further the distances got last prep the better she got. The Vinery (2000m) is the race we are looking at for her. We went to a mile last prep and she came up a shandy short, but this time in she is much stronger and she is going to get further. I don’t know if she is sharp enough to win but her work suggests to us she is well enough and good enough to be competitive.

Horse: Sangria
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 7, Light Fingers Stakes) It’s a real throw at the stumps with Sangria in the Light Fingers but can’t see any downside to having a crack at a Group 2 race with a filly well and truly on the up. I don’t normally do this but I have nothing to lose. She is a filly who likes wet ground and she’s had two trials and a run and that might be an edge to help her. The only thing she lacks is race craft, she hasn’t been to a carnival with high pressure. If she runs a place it’s an advantage if she wins you know she’ll be up to them for later on.

Horse: Reelem In Ruby
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 9, Triscay Stakes) She never runs bad and she handles soft ground. The 58kg and barrier 14 is no help but she needs to go around.

From Pat Webster

Horse: Happy Clapper
Message: (Saturday, Randwick Race 8, Apollo Stakes) He’s very well, probably 75 per cent fitness wise and the run will top him off for the mile in the Chipping Norton (in 2 weeks time). He’s shown us no signs of anything this time in to say he’s any different than any other prep. He always runs well first-up, if it was a soft 6 going into Saturday I’d say he’d be very close to winning. I’m looking forward to Saturday but not looking forward to a heavy track.

From The Editor

Sydney Race 4 – Dame Giselle
Sydney Race 7 – Sangria
Sydney Race 8 – Dreamforce

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